Links, links and more links

At times, I feel that my personal use of the Internet to be excessive.  I use the Internet to read the news, various blogs, wiener dog humor, keep in touch with far away friends and family through social networks, email or VOIP, indulge my interests, find recipes I’ll probably never make, research for class…The list is never ending.

Ohhh! Pretty!!  My blog as a graphic via http://www.aharef.info

Ohhh! Pretty!! My blog as a graphic via http://www.aharef.info

I often have a really, REALLY hard time disconnecting when not on vacation.  My husband and I have recently started a tradition of “Unwired Wednesdays” which means as soon as we come home from work on Wednesday, we unplug.  No phones, iPads, iTouches (is that even a word?!), laptops or netbooks.  We just hang out with each other.  Tomorrow would have been* our 4th Unwired Wednesday and – to be honest – it’s been a bit of challenge.  We both find ourselves reaching for (insert gadget) and had to be reminded.  But we realize that it’s more out of habit than necessity, which is interesting.  I wouldn’t say we’re addicting but we definitely have some overuse issues going on.

During the rest of the week, I can while away the hours, going from interest to interest, and I blame it ALL on hyperlinks.  It is very rare that a webpage doesn’t have a link to a something that relates to what I was interested in in the first place.  So I look at that link, that link’s links, then that link’s link’s links and, before I realize it, I’ve got about 48 different tabs open spread across 6 windows, it’s way past my bedtime and I’ve accomplished exactly nothing.  (I probably have accomplished something but at times it can be difficult to figure out what.)  The hyperlinks on the sites I read are useful because they often lead me in different directions than I most likely wasn’t aware of before “the click”.

**Because this is the last week of Course2 and there is much work to do on the project, we won’t have an unwired wednesday this week.

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4 Responses to Links, links and more links

  1. Avatar of Jeff Utecht Jeff Utecht says:

    Sorry the course is breaking your streak of 4 Wednesdays in a row. :(

    You bring up an interesting point about reading the Internet. Do we teach students how to read the Internet? When do you follow hyperlinks and when do you not and read a full web page?

    There are times for both and it depends on what you are doing and what you want.

    I find it interesting we teach kids how to read a book properly but when they spend the majority of their time reading the web we don’t talk about good reading strategies in a hyperlinked world. Another place where education hasn’t caught up to society.

    • I’m wondering how I can begin to teach that or at least begin discussions on reading the internet…Great points, as usual, Jeff. Thanks! (We ended up postponing so we consider our streak more or less intact.)

  2. Avatar of eroth eroth says:

    Loved your post, Rachella. I’m taking the inspiration I received from your post to write mine:)

    P.s.-Brilliant idea with the offline Wednesdays! That’s what my husband and I need to do as well. As you said, it’s not out of necessity, it’s out of habit.

    • Thanks, Erin! I’m still surprised how hard it’s been to break that habit but I’m glad we’re trying. We do really enjoy it that unplugged time. Our Weds seem so much calmer than other days of the week. Good luck getting yours started!

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